Remain

Pastor Steve TaylorFasting 2017

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you,” Jesus said.
John 15:4 (NIV)
Read About It: John 15:1-10
John Eldridge, in his book Waking with God, said, “On the surface, it seems like a simple command, and yet, we overlook
it. If Jesus must tell us to remain in him, then he seems to be assuming that it is quite possible for us to do the opposite;
not to remain in him. This is, in fact, what most people experience; a life lived separate from him. And that is a
dangerous place to live.
Think About It: We cannot enjoy the fellowship of God, or his protection, or all the benefits of his kingdom unless we
remain in him—that is, live in him—in our day-to-day lives. He is the Vine and we are the branches. He is the Shepherd
and we are the sheep. “Stay close to me. Stay with me”, Jesus is saying.
An old saint said, “The devil doesn’t so much care what particular thing he gets us to fall prey to. His primary aim is
simply to get us to do something outside of Christ, for then we are vulnerable.”
Pray About It:
• How would your life be different if you walked with a constant awareness of His presence?
• What steps do you need to take today to strengthen your connection with Christ?
• How is love the essential dynamic of the Christian life?